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FDA Food Survey Finds ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Tuna, Fish Sticks

Aug. 26, 2021, 2:59 PM

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it’s found “forever chemicals” in few processed foods, but the amount found supports its plans to keep monitoring seafood.

The FDA released the results of its first survey of nationally distributed processed foods, including several baby foods, collected for the Total Diet Study (TDS). Results showed that 164 of the 167 foods tested had no detectable levels of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) measured.

  • But fish sticks, tuna, and protein powder had three specific PFAS: perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) ranging from 33 parts per trillion, or ppt, to 140 ppt.
  • The FDA hasn’t set how much of any PFAS can safely be consumed, yet said there’s no reason to avoid any particular foods.
  • Still, the findings are consistent with previous studies finding certain PFAS in rainbow trout from contaminated waters, FDA scientists said in a study that accompanies the agency’s announcement.
  • The agency is planning to study a small amount of in commonly consumed seafood to determine whether more research is needed.

To contact the reporter on this story: Pat Rizzuto in Washington at prizzuto@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloombergindustry.com

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